Making Sense of Day 1 of the GM Meetings: Rumors Galore

Making Sense of Day 1 of the GM Meetings: Rumors Galore

As the GM Meetings are occurring this week, most everything that a general manager says and does- or even what they wear- will draw extreme analysis into what, if anything, they are trying to convey.

Typically these meetings are reserved as times for the front offices of each major league baseball franchise look to set up a plan for their future- either immediate (see teams like the Braves, Dodgers, etc.) or in the coming years (see teams like the Marlins, Orioles, etc.) and to discuss other aspects of the game.

Deals happening during this time, while not uncommon due to the fact that all 30 GM’s will be in constant communication over the week- see: Mallex Smith/Mike Zunino trade last year- often get developed into a simple framework to be further discussed during the GM Winter Meetings, which this year will occur between December 9th and 12th.

Brian Cashman, the Yankees GM, has already come to this year’s meetings with more than a few quotes from Day 1 that we can analyze.

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A Way to Provide 40-Man Roster Relief

A Way to Provide 40-Man Roster Relief

It is well known that the Yankees are in a bind this off-season with regards to making space on the 40-man roster.  The Yankees have compiled some very interesting talent in the minor league system, but the current 40-man roster situation dictates that the Yankees will be forced to allow some of this talent to be exposed to the Rule 5 draft later this off-season.  That calculation does not even factor in the guys that the Yankees will need to designate for assignment if they intend to sign any Free Agents, including re-signing some of their own players.  Add in the fact that the Yankees also have high-end minor league talent, like Deivi Garcia, that needs to be added to the 40-man roster this winter, and the Yankees do not have any room to hang on to players who are not likely to contribute to the 2020 team as part of a World Series effort.

This reality has some interesting implications for multiple players on the Yankees’ 40-man roster, like Greg Bird.  Still other decisions should be far easier.  With that in mind, one player has become the elephant in the room that few are talking about: Jacoby Ellsbury.

(Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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Guest Post (Ed Botti): Thoughts on New Pitching Coach Matt Blake

Guest Post (Ed Botti): Thoughts on New Pitching Coach Matt Blake

Guest author Ed Botti comes to us on this Saturday with a post about the potential changing of the Yankees pitching philosophy, along with some history about the Yankees new pitching coach Matt Blake, and how his hiring may be an indication about the current structure of coaching in the MLB:

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Breaking News: Yankees to Hire Matt Blake as New Pitching Coach

Breaking News: Yankees to Hire Matt Blake as New Pitching Coach

Being reported today by ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Yankees now have their newest pitching coach in Matt Blake.

Most recently, Matt Blake was a part of the Cleveland Indians’ organization where he worked as the assistant director as part of the Indians’ player development.

Outside of major league baseball, he was also a pitching director for Cressey Performance, and also owns the company Elite Pitching Development.

This is also not Matt Blake’s first stint in working with the Yankees, as he- according to his LinkedIn- has been an area scout for them since 2010.

As more information comes out, we will update. Check inside for tweets about what MLB insiders think:

(Hint: This is looking like a great move.)

(This photo is from his days as a pitching coach with the New England Ruffnecks)

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Two Decisions Provide Expectations for the Free Agent Market

Two Decisions Provide Expectations for the Free Agent Market

Two seemingly unconnected decisions involving major players in the AL East occurred earlier this week.  Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Yankees decided not to offer Didi Gregorius a Qualifying Offer, valued at approximately $17.8 million for the 2020 season, thus making Sir Didi a Free Agent.  Somewhat more surprisingly, J.D. Martinez decided not to opt-out of his contract with the Red Sox, forgoing another shot at Free Agency prior to his age-33 season in favor of the penultimate year of his original contract with the Red Sox, valued at $19.35 million.

The obvious difference here is that one player will be forced to test the waters of Free Agency, while another will play another year in familiar and friendly confines.  However, while both Gregorius and Martinez will follow different paths this off-season, the process that brought each player to their current status is telling.  What binds the Yankees and J.D. Martinez (and by extension his agent, Scott Boras) are their evaluation of what the Free Agent market will likely bring players this off-season (hint: it isn’t good for the players).

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Looking Back on the Gerrit Cole Trade

Looking  Back on the Gerrit Cole Trade

I thought that it might be interesting to look at the aftermath of the infamous Pirates/Astros trade for Gerrit Cole to see if the Pirates made the right decision by taking the Astros package of prospects rather than the Yankees’ back in 2018 and then to determine what I would have done if I was in Brian Cashman’s shoes at the time. 

(After all, if everyone else in Yankeedom is writing about Cole, I would be remiss if I did not jump on the bandwagon.)

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